Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
BetterWorldBooks is a great site to find old books - used, discarded library, overstock, etc.
Free shipping, and every time they sell a book they donate one to someone in need.
You might find what you are looking for and help promote literacy at the same time.
It's a win-win!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Double Dragon Publishing surprised Edith Parzefall and Francene Stanley once again. Their co-authored Wind Over Troubled Waters was released April 24, 2012, much earlier than the authors expected. Francene Stanley lives in England, Edith Parzefall in Germany, so one author got the news earlier than the other that their "baby" had been birthed.
After the great flood, only memories, debris and derelict buildings speak of a past civilization. Visions of these disturbing times haunt Cerridwen’s dreams. When her dying mother sends Cerridwen to find a mural in Saint Eyes and lead Britland into a better future, the young healer has little choice but to set out on a life-changing quest. Her ability to perceive auras convinces her to accept nature-attuned Trevly’s offer of protection.
Bent on adventure and enthralled by the promise of treasure, beautiful Sasha, cunning Aron and uncut Boris join forces to get the most out of life. Their selfish plans collide with Cerridwen’s when they learn about a powerful ring and a mural pointing the way to its location.
Wind Over Troubled Waters - Book One [Kindle Edition] is available at Amazon.com and at Double Dragon Publishing
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Guest blog, by Edith Parzefall ...
People keep asking how Francene Stanley and I write together, and sometimes I'm still amazed that it actually works. Now we have proof. Double Dragon Publishing accepted Wind Over Troubled Waters, the first book in our Higher Ground series.
Wind Over Troubled Waters will be released in May, 2012, first as an ebook, and within a few weeks, as a paperback. Very exciting times!
If someone had told me three years ago that I'd co-write four books with someone I never met before, I'd have laughed out loud. Looking back at the now two and a half years of writing, editing and polishing four books with Francene, I still find it hard to believe, although it worked like a charm.
We met on the Internet Writing Workshop when Francene submitted her novel Still Rock Water for critiquing and I submitted Strays of Rio. Both novels will be released this year as well, by different publishers. Incredible.
Francene had already started work on the first book of the Higher Ground series when she invited me to join in. She'd created a rough outline for the first two books and character profiles. I fell in love with what I saw, so I took over three of the six main characters.
Somehow these guys just ran away with me, changed their nature and actions. I thought Francene would kick me out of the project for sure. Instead, she played along.
There's nothing more inspiring than a co-writer who thwarts your character's plans. Of course, Francene retaliated. ;-)
When we started the next book, we went into a writing frenzy, knowing the other waited for the next scene before she could continue.
Sharing the usually lonely euphoria of writing with someone else turned into a wonderfully creative and joyful experience. Writer's block never ever happened.
When one of us ran out of ideas, the other bubbled over with ideas.
Then came the times of reason, whipping each book into shape, and reconsidering the overall story line. We took turns editing and later submitting chapters to our online critique group. By then, we'd usually jump into the next book, driven on by our characters to complete the mission.
Francene and I rubbed off on each other quite a bit. While she wasn't comfortable with writing action scenes, I had trouble coming up with beautiful atmospheric descriptions. At first we specialized on our strengths, but that didn't always work out timewise. When you know there's someone to go over your attempts you have little faith in, you grow bolder, and learn from the suggestions and edits.
Francene ended up writing a fantastic and funny girl fight scene at a party after the mudfights in Wind Over Troubled Waters and hey, I sometimes come up with really nice descriptions nowadays.
When writing with a co-author, respect is the most essential ingredient in the mix of skills, even more important than a shared vision for the book, because that evolves anyway.